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The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain
Introduction by John Seelye
Notes by Guy Cardwell

Penguin Publishing Group | December 31, 2002 | Trade Paperback

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Hucklberry Finn." (Ernest Heminway)

Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Intended at first as a simple story of a boy''s adventures in the Mississippi Valley—a sequel to Tom Sawyer—the book grew and matured under Twain''s hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity. More than a century after its publication, the critical debate over the symbolic significance of Huck''s and Jim''s voyage is still fresh, and it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels: as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by John Seelye, author of The True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and explanatory notes by Guy Cardwell.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: December 31, 2002

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142437174

ISBN - 13: 9780142437179

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic There's a reason this book is a classic, it's arguably one of the greatest novels. It deals with sensitive but important issues such as slavery, and discrimination as well as life circumstances like building friendships and maturing. This truly is a book that everyone should read and experience, I highly recommend it. Another great adventurous book from Mark Twain and I expected nothing less.
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eeh, not great this book was not the greatest, it was hard to understand at times esp. when jim spoke.
Date published: 2009-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Classic Adventure Narrated by a poor, illiterate white boy living in America's deep South before the Civil War, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the story of Huck's escape from his brutal father and the relationship that grows between him and Jim, the slave who is fleeing from an even more brutal oppression. As they journey down the Mississippi their adventures address some of the most profound human conundrums: the prejudices of class, age, and colour are pitted against the qualities of hope, courage, and moral character. Classics always have a certain amount of hype and I had been intending to read this book for some time. Of course the writing is a little difficult to adjust to, but not because of the age of the book, but because of the dialects in which the characters speak. Twain chose to use the local vernacular that black slaves used for his runaway slave Jim. Although it is true to that time in history, it is striking how the characters speak and the words they use, which were in common usage in those days. I like how Twain chose to not sanitize the realities of that society, particularly racism. As I was reading I was constantly thinking that this story seemed like a fantasy. As if Huck was playing in his back yard and imagining that all these fanciful adventures were really happening. Now I don’t know if that’s what Twain intended, but that is how it came across to me. At the same time I couldn’t help but feel a measure of pity for Huckleberry Finn and Jim, two people with nowhere to go and no one to trust. But for those who have read it know that’s what makes the end satisfying. Story *** Characters *** Readability *** Overall rating ***
Date published: 2009-10-26

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The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain
Introduction by John Seelye
Notes by Guy Cardwell

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: December 31, 2002

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142437174

ISBN - 13: 9780142437179

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CHAPTER 1 DISCOVER MOSES AND THE BULRUSHERS You don''t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain''t no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I never seen anybody but lied one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow, or maybe Mary. Aunt Polly--Tom''s Aunt Polly, she is--and Mary, and the Widow Douglas is all told about in that book, which is mostly a true book, with some stretchers, as I said before. Now the way that the book winds up is this: Tom and me found the money that the robbers hid in the cave, and it made us rich. We got six thousand dollars apiece--all gold. It was an awful sight of money when it was piled up. Well, Judge Thatcher he took it and put it out at interest, and it fetched us a dollar a day apiece all the year round--more than a body could tell what to do with. The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways; and so when I couldn''t stand it no longer I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied. But Tom Sawyer he hunted me up and said he was going to start a band of robbers, and I might join if I would go back to the widow and be respectable. So I went back. The wi
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Table of Contents

Introduction by John Seelye   ix
Suggestions for Further Reading   xxxi
A Note on the Text   xxxv

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn   9

Appendix: The Raft Episode   309
Explanatory Notes   323

From the Publisher

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Hucklberry Finn." (Ernest Heminway)

Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Intended at first as a simple story of a boy''s adventures in the Mississippi Valley—a sequel to Tom Sawyer—the book grew and matured under Twain''s hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity. More than a century after its publication, the critical debate over the symbolic significance of Huck''s and Jim''s voyage is still fresh, and it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels: as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by John Seelye, author of The True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and explanatory notes by Guy Cardwell.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and died at Redding, Connecticut in 1910. In his person and in his pursuits he was a man of extraordinary contrasts. Although he left school at twelve when his father died, he was eventually awarded honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Missouri, and Oxford University. His career encompassed such varied occupations as printer, Mississippi riverboat pilot, journalist, travel writer, and publisher. He made fortunes from his writing but toward the end of his life he had to resort to lecture tours to pay his debts. He was hot-tempered, profane, and sentimental — and also pessimistic, cynical, and tortured by self-doubt. His nostalgia helped produce some of his best books. He lives in American letters as a great artist, the writer whom William Dean Howells called “the Lincoln of our literature.” John Seelye is a graduate research professor of American literature at the University of Florida. He is the author of The True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain at the Movies, Prophetic Waters: The River in Early American Literature, Beautiful Machine: Rivers and the Early Republic, Memory''s Nation: The Place of Plymouth Rock , and War Games: Richard Harding Davis and the New Imperialism . He is also the consulting editor for Penguin Classics in American literature.   Guy Cardwell has written several books on Mark Twain and is emeritus professor of English at Wash
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"All modern American literature comes from [this] one book." —Ernest Hemingway

Bookclub Guide

INTRODUCTION

Arguably Mark Twain''s most famous novel—indeed, one of the greatest works of American literature—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn brings together two people from the lower rungs of society, an ill-educated boy escaping an abusive father and a kind, strong man escaping slavery, and puts them on a raft going down the Mississippi River. The raft gives us the quintessential image of Huck Finn, but in fact much of the novel takes place on land, where the protagonists repeatedly find themselves having to escape from one bind or another. What began for Mark Twain as a sequel to his novel of American boyhood, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, became over the years of its composition a much more complex work. Set in the late 1840s, Huck Finn is a post-Civil War realist novel that reads like a picaresque romantic adventure with colorful gothic trimmings and—despite the author''s "Notice" at the front of the book—a strong moral core. At its heart is the complicated, evolving relationship between Huck and Jim, a white boy and a black man, both of whom yearn for freedom from society''s strictures. By the time the novel appeared, slavery was in the past, but racism was not. It is impossible to know how his first readers understood his portrayals of his characters and especially of Huck''s dawning conscience, but readers today continue to ponder and debate Mark Twain''s "motive" and "moral."


ABOUT MARK TWAIN

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and died at Redding, Connecticut in 1910. In his person and in his pursuits he was a man of extraordinary contrasts. Although he left school at twelve when his father died, he was eventually awarded honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Missouri, and Oxford University. His career encompassed such varied occupations as printer, Mississippi riverboat pilot, journalist, travel writer, and publisher. He made fortunes from his writing but toward the end of his life he had to resort to lecture tours to pay his debts. He was hot-tempered, profane, and sentimental—and also pessimistic, cynical, and tortured by self-doubt. His nostalgia helped produce some of his best books. He lives in American letters as a great artist, the writer whom William Dean Howells called "the Lincoln of our literature."


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  1. In his introduction, John Seelye notes that the premise of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is highly unrealistic (p. xiii). Is it? If so, how might that affect one''s reading of the novel? Does it matter?

  2. Can Huck—who chafes at being "sivilized" and indeed questions any rule or orthodoxy from church to good manners—be said to have a belief system? How do his beliefs, and his understanding of them, evolve over the course of his adventures?

  3. Tom accuses Huck of being "ignorant," and Huck clearly feels his own "wickedness" and lack of education, especially compared to his friend, who is "well brung up." What does Huck have that Tom does not?

  4. Why does the practical-minded Huck admire Tom''s way of doing things? How is Tom''s influence felt even when he is not present? Why does Huck see through the duke and the king immediately but still trust Tom? What might he have learned from his time with the two "frauds" about jokes and tricks?

  5. When Huck and Tom plot to help Jim escape from the Phelpses, they have not only different ideas of how to bring about the release but also different motives. How are they different and what do they tell us about each boy?

  6. How can we characterize the relationship between Huck and Jim? Does Huck ever view Jim as an equal, and vice versa?

  7. Why does Jim not tell Huck about his father? Is this comparable to Tom''s withholding the information that Jim has been freed?

  8. What is the point of the "Notice" at the beginning of the book? Is it a challenge to the reader? Despite its warning, can we say that the novel indeed has a "plot," a "motive," and a "moral"?